OK, so the US News released a new set of rankings -- including new categories for undergraduate computer science programs as well as software engineering programs -- today. I realize we should all take these with a huge grain of salt. Here in our house, we take note of them but that's about it.
I'm very curious, though, about the software engineering rankings in particular. My D21 has already decided she will be applying to 2-3 schools on this list, so we are familiar with the programs they offer. However, I was kind of surprised that some of them were ranked the way they were and was hoping someone here might be able to give some insight as to the methodology used by USN. (I don't see any discussion of how they reached their conclusions).
As one example, North Carolina State (one of the schools to which D21 already decided to apply) is ranked number 9 for software engineering, which seems very nice. They tie with CalTech?I? As far as we know (unless we missed something) NCSU doesn't have either a software engineering major or a concentration for software engineering within its computer science major. They do have a good number of faculty with published research in the software engineering area, however. Could this be the basis for the USN rank? I'm puzzled. What makes NCSU stand out from a software engineering perspective?
Here's the link for reference: https://premium.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/computer-science/software-engineering